College can be full of repetition and routine; wake up, go to class, study, go to work, study, repeat again the next day. Changing where you study can help defeat this repetition and allow you to vary what you do each and every day.
Depending on where you live, such as a hot or cold climate, this may not be comfortable to study in. However, working and studying in an area with fresh air is good for your body and mind. The Environmental Protection Agency found that the average American spends 87% of their daily life indoors, with another 6% in their cars, leaving only 7% outdoors. Spending at least one hour outside every day does wonders for your health and mindset of how you approach your tasks at hand.
Some students can thrive in a busy atmosphere with lots of noise and activities going on. Coffee shops are known for being noisy, however, accompanied by free WiFi. Whilst noise can be a distraction for many students, being able to self-discipline yourself into focusing regardless of the distractions around you is a skill that can be used within classrooms, exams and the future workplace. Psychology Today stated that white noise is recommended to help you focus better, however, this is not always attainable due to the busy student areas that you can find yourself in.
Whilst an unlikely place to study during the middle of the semester, during reading days unlocked classrooms will be one of the most silent places you can study in on campus. No paper rustling from other students, no phones vibrating on the table, no loud eaters or students who don’t understand which zone of the library is the quiet zone. With classes out of session and plenty of available options, this will help you focus immensely as you prepare for finals.
Similar to working outside, studying by the pool will help clear your mind, stay focused and be productive with your work. Studying poolside is better than studying by the beach due to the fact that there are fewer distractions and a lack of sand to keep you comfortable whilst you study.
Dedicating a set time to study and focus with peers from your classes is not only a motivational technique but also allows you to force you and your peers to be productive since you all have the same goal of passing the class. Forcing one another to stay focused will help all of you stop procrastinating, and most likely help keep your grades up.
Finding the place that you study best in takes some time and effort, as well as trial and error. This can be dependent on subject, assignment and your personality. Many different factors go into finding the right place to study and be productive in, remember that it will be personal and unique to you.